A few years ago my daughter came home from the library with a Magic Eye book. I haven't seen one of these for years .. and it took me a moment to remember how it 'worked' and then a lot longer to explain it to my daughter.
Magic Eye images are three dimensional pictures that often use geometrical patterns (squares, diamonds or wavy lines) .. and by looking at the image in a 'certain way' you find a completely different picture/image emerging from within the pattern. It can often be quite tricky to find.
The best way to view Magic Eye is by focusing on the sides of the picture rather than straight on .. and then it takes a particular kind of soft-focused concentration (and patience) to 'allow' the picture reveal itself.In meditation we also need soft focused concentration
You can't make meditation happen!
You can't control or stop thinking (even with extreme willpower) .. you can't make stillness and calmness appear on demand.
In meditation we must simply .. Let Go .. Let Unfold .. and be gentle and easy on the journey.
When we sit with soft focused awareness our body begins to loosen and relax .. and then our mind starts to slow it's random wandering .. and in time we begin to notice the presence of stillness .. and spaciousness .. an opportunity to recharge, refresh and see anew.